Dr Faye Wray

Dr Faye Wray


I joined the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation within Leeds Institute of Health Sciences in October 2014 as a PhD student. My PhD explored the suitability of 'self-management' as an approach for stroke survivors with aphasia. I used this knowledge to design a supported self-management intervention which aims to support stroke survivors with aphasia and their family members to develop strategies and confidence to cope with aphasia in everyday situations. I began my current role as a Research Fellow at the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation in October 2017 and was awarded my PhD in Medicine in April 2018. Before begininning my PhD, I worked as a Research Fellow and Trial Support Officer in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York.

During this time I completed an MSc in Health Services Research and worked on a number of large multi-centre trials of psychological therapies for common mental health problems including depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology and before working at the University of York I also worked as a Trial Co-Ordinator at the Clinical Trials Research Unit (University of Leeds) and as a Research Assistant in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (University of Manchester). 

Research interests

My research interests are:

  • Longer-term care and rehabilitation in stroke
  • Interventions targeting participation and societal reintegration for stroke survivors with aphasia
  • Complex intervention development and methods for the evaluation of implementation
  • Patient and public involvement in research


  • PhD Medicine
  • MSc Health Services Research
  • BA(Hons) Psychology

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research
  • Frailty and elderly care